Chocolate Blood Orange-tini

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Cocktail History

The Chocolate Blood Orange-tini is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail we created as a variation of the Chocolate Orange-tini included in Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter, a recipe book written by Jassy Davis. Our version ups the tart citrus flavor by using a blood orange gin as its base and mixes it with cream and chocolate to create a recipe similar to chocolate oranges popular around the holidays.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Blood Orange Gin: This is the base spirit. We went with Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin for its bright and zesty botanical flavor with tart blood orange notes.

Triple Sec: This is an orange liqueur. It adds sweet citrus flavors that balance out the other ingredients. We went with Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Heavy Cream: This is a thick, high-fat milk product. We prefer to use half & half instead of heavy cream because it’s lower in calories.

Dark Crème De Cacao: This is a chocolate liqueur that adds dark cocoa notes. We used one made by DeKuyper.

White Crème De Cacao: This is a chocolate liqueur that adds light cocoa notes. We used one of these made by DeKuyper.

Chocolate Bitters: These add more chocolate flavor and spice to the drink for more complexity. We used Angostura Cocoa Bitters for their deep chocolate notes.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Dark Chocolate: This is grated and added to the rim for more chocolate flavor.

Orange Twist: This is the garnish. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Chocolate Blood Orange-tini features chocolate aromas and a dark, slightly bitter cacao flavor in the beginning that is followed by a sweet cream taste married with strong, sweet orange and chocolate notes with an explosion of bright orange flavor and an extra hint of bitterness on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both loved this holiday version of chocolate oranges, although Alex couldn’t drink more than half of one because it’s such a heavy dessert drink. It’s a great pick for the holidays when you want something other than a fruity cocktail or eggnog.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This cocktail highlights the feeling of a boozy chocolate orange like no other by combining the sweet aspects of cream, chocolate, and orange all in one delicious swallow. While a ‘martini’ in spirit only, this recipe packs a decent amount of alcohol into a great dessert drink package that lovers of both dessert and boozy drinks will like equally. The tiny hit of bitterness on the end really sells it for me, giving it that ‘serious drink’ flair that many chocolate recipes lack.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“It wasn’t until I met Alex that I was introduced to the wonder of chocolate oranges because I didn’t grow up munching on them at the holidays. If you want a drink version of this beloved holiday candy, you have found it. This martini is honestly incredibly delicious and balanced; there’s not too much chocolate or orange flavor, and its booziness makes it even better. I personally still prefer hot cocoa cocktails at Christmastime, but I did really appreciate this one.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 ½ oz Blood Orange Gin
 1 oz Triple Sec
 1 oz Heavy Cream
 ¾ oz Dark Crème de Cacao
 ¾ oz White Crème de Cacao
 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
 ¼ oz 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate
 1 Orange Twist

Method
1

Coarsely grate chocolate onto a plate, coat outer rim of martini glass with simple syrup, and roll glass in grated chocolate until coated.

2

Add blood orange gin, triple sec, heavy cream, dark crème de cacao, white crème de cacao, cocoa bitters, and ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into chocolate-rimmed martini glass.

5

Garnish with orange twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 ½ oz Blood Orange Gin
 1 oz Triple Sec
 1 oz Heavy Cream
 ¾ oz Dark Crème de Cacao
 ¾ oz White Crème de Cacao
 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
 ¼ oz 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate
 1 Orange Twist

Directions

Method
1

Coarsely grate chocolate onto a plate, coat outer rim of martini glass with simple syrup, and roll glass in grated chocolate until coated.

2

Add blood orange gin, triple sec, heavy cream, dark crème de cacao, white crème de cacao, cocoa bitters, and ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into chocolate-rimmed martini glass.

5

Garnish with orange twist.

Chocolate Blood Orange-tini

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More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this Christmas cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

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Winter Berry Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

Winter Berry Gin Fizz: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, cranberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, soda water, cranberries, and rosemary

Kohler Mint Cocoa Cocktail Recipe

Kohler Mint Cocoa: A chocolate mint brandy cocktail made with milk, white peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao, cocoa powder, whipped cream, and grated chocolate

Cranberry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

Cranberry Cobbler: A sherry cocktail made with cranberry syrup, orange slices, an orange wedge, mint, and cranberries

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